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I asked God to teach me to make disciples.

04.14.21
in Blog, Evangelism, Immigrant and Refugee Ministry
I dare you to ask Him the same.

My husband and I have been on our journey to the nations for several years now. We’re raising support to go to Central Asia, to a country rife with social and political unrest. Where Christians are persecuted and the enemy of our God appears to reign. It’s a difficult country to live in, much less to make disciples. As they say, the unreached are unreached for a reason.

That introduction may make me sound like a super Christian. You need to know, though, that I’m no hero of the faith.

My journey of learning to share about Jesus started with asking God, Help me learn how to make disciples. And He has certainly been faithful in bringing opportunities to learn and grow!

My journey of learning to share about Jesus started with asking God, Help me learn how to make disciples.

Last year we met a refugee family who lived in our city. We had them over for meals and introduced them to life in America. Then they moved away and we didn’t talk for months.

Just a few weeks ago, the wife, Kaavya, called me and told me she had a miscarriage and didn’t know who she could turn to for help. I shared with her the story of Hannah from the Bible and asked if I could pray for her in Jesus’ name.

After we prayed, she said, “Whitney, you are so nice. You are a sister to me.”

In that moment, the Holy Spirit gave me words to tell her about Jesus’ influence in my life. I had such a strong urge to share that it flowed powerfully and naturally.

“Kaavya, Jesus gave me a new heart,” I said. “That’s why you see that I’m ‘so nice.’ Jesus has filled my heart with love for people. What you see in me is His work in my heart.”

I can’t tell this story without giving testimony of my weakness. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m insecure about moving to Central Asia. I’ve examined myself over and over again about whether I’m capable of carrying the gospel well in another culture.

This experience with my friend was a direct answer to my prayer in asking God if I’m able. The answer is clear: He is able.

This is the work of God alone. If He can do this work through me, I’m confident He can do it through you, too. I dare you to ask Him!

Crossworld worker Whitney and her family are preparing to move to Central Asia to make disciples.

The people in this story are real, but their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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